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Annadale Hall, Newtownbreda, County Down, originally known as Galwally, was first occupied, according to some records, by George Portis.
It is suggested that Mr Portis (c1734-97) was Collector of Revenue and Customs for Belfast and was buried at Carlingford churchyard.It was an austere, three-storey block over a basement, with five bays and lofty chimneys.
Galwally was renamed Annadale Hall after Anne, Countess of Mornington (eldest daughter of Arthur, 1st Viscount Dungannon, of Belvoir Park).
Lady Mornington was the mother of the 1st Duke of Wellington.
About 1840, Annadale Hall was acquired by Alexander McDonnell.
Following his death in 1855, it passed to his son-in-law, Robert Calwell.
The Hall was destroyed by fire in 1914, apparently as a result of incendiary devices planted by Suffragettes.
The grounds were sold for the Hampton Park housing development.
Annadale Hall was once part of the Belvoir estate, though Lord Dungannon subsequently built a dividing wall.
Lord Donegall also lived at Annadale for a period, and it is said that Lady Blessington once resided there.
As a girl, Lady Mornington lived in the newly-built Belvoir House; and later at Annadale Hall.
First published in January, 2013.